The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - LUIS ESPIR­ITU, JR.

The much-an­tic­i­pated Peo­pleAsia mag­a­zine’s Women of Style and Sub­stance 2018 awards night was “crazy” grand at the Grand Hy­att Manila in Taguig City with the theme taken from the book and block­buster film Crazy Rich Asians. The well-at­tended gather­ing was filled with Manila’s most ac­com­plished in­di­vid­u­als from var­i­ous sec­tors. This year’s out­stand­ing list of WSS awardees in­clude Tourism Sec­re­tary Berna Ro­mulo-Puyat, Sin­ga­porean

Am­bas­sador Kok Li Peng, broad­cast journalist Zen Her­nan­dez, Go Negosyo ad­viser Ging­gay Hon­tiveros-Mal­var, Kaayo’s Marga No­grales, BPI Foun­da­tion’s Mari­cris San Diego, singer Moris­sette, Miss Uni­verse-Philip­pines 2018 Ca­tri­ona Gray, me­dia ex­ec­u­tive Tootsy An­gara, Ad­vance Pa­per Corp. founder Con­nie Haw, Age De­fy­ing So­lu­tions’ Aiza Di­uco and To­getech’s Jes­sica Palmi­ano.

A-lis­ters, politi­cians, per­son­al­i­ties and celebri­ties daz­zled and sparkled in their most for­ward fash­ion. It was a “style­crazy” night where the stars were aligned and ev­ery­one was dressed for the oc­ca­sion. Some were sub­tle and some se­vere, but what­ever di­rec­tion the pen­du­lum of fash­ion swung, they were the per­fect ex­po­si­tion of styling.

Be­yond the lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures and breath­tak­ing blings, a look wouldn’t re­ally be com­plete with­out the per­son­al­ity. It brings life to the clothes and soul to the art of dress­ing. To quote awardee Sec­re­tary Berna Ro­mulo-Puyat, “I can only say that I am flat­tered to be again along­side other women who also be­lieve that style should never be in­de­pen­dent of sub­stance. In fact, it should be in­dica­tive of it.”

Mul­ti­ple Choice cap­tures the glit­ter­ing scene at this year’s Women of Style and Sub­stance. A sight to be­hold of who’s who and what they were wear­ing. All dressed their pre­cious best like the bright stars il­lu­mi­nat­ing the dark night sky. *

Tootsy An­gara in Rajo Lau­rel. Tourism Sec­re­tary Berna Ro­mu­loPuyat in Inno Sotto.

DPWH Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar and Jus­tice Un­der­sec­re­tary Em­me­line Agli­pay-Vil­lar (in Randy Or­tiz) with their daugh­ter Emma.

Marga No­grales in a Mau­reen Disini gown and Ni­cole Whisen­hunt ear­rings.

Joanne Rae Ramirez in Francis Libi­ran and ear­rings from Mi­la­day.

Miss Uni­versePhilip­pines 2018 Ca­tri­ona Gray in Val Taguba.

Linda Ley in Rajo Lau­rel.

Pinky To­biano in a Guo Pei gown and bag by Gabriela Hearst.

Zen Her­nan­dez. Ging­gay Hon­tiverosMal­var in Vit­to­rio. Mari­cris San Diego in Mich Araullo. Moris­sette in Paolo Blanco. (From left) Rita Lim, Amelia Ting, Joan Lim, Linda Yu, Ruby Chua, Du­day Tua­son, Yoli Ayson and Merci Padolina.

Jes­sica Palmi­ano in Mark Bum­gar­ner. Hera Ge­riene in Do­bie Aranda.

Tr­ish Sotto in Joel Es­cober. Pho­tos by JESSE BUS­TOS and JOEY VIDUYA

Con­nie Haw in Rhett Eala.

Liza Ilarde in an H&M cape, Mango top, Kate Spade skirt and bag.

Sin­ga­porean Am­bas­sador Kok Li Peng.

Re­nato and Maritess Enriquez.

Aiza Di­uco in Lloyd Arceo.

Jun­jun Ablaza and Cza­rina Ablaza-Syquia.

Gu­atemala Con­sul Mel­lie Ablaza.

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